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Black Locust Tree - 'Robinia Pseudoacacia'
Hardy Zone: 4-8__ Mature Height: 50-80 fee
Growth Rate: rapid -1m to 2m annually
Optimal Soil Conditions: Well-aerated, not too much moisture, periodic water supply
Black Locust Tree Uses
A Black Locust can generate fiber or biomass for low energy inputs in at least six different ways. They are-
Making Gaseous Fuels
Producing Liquid Fuels
Producing Solid Fuels
Specialty Chemical Extraction (natural wood preservatives, etc.)
The reason this tree is so desirable as a fiber source is due to its strength. The wood is mainly made up of evenly distributed fibers which add tremendous depth to the forest. This fabulous tree also has excellent potential as an energy source. Its wood is a literal storehouse of chemical extractives. The leaves are extremely high in nitrogen and have also been used for animal feeding trials. The success in this area is mixed. When a comparison of 10 woody plants along with fodder for their chemical compositions, Black Locust was bout to be superior to all other species regarding crude protein content.
Black Locust Tree System
This tree does well with direct seeding, which is conventionally done with various other agricultural row crops. Seeds have to be pretreated with 'H2SO4' acid for 50 minutes for germination. The germination rates for these seeds are very high.
Several plantations have been successfully drill-sown and produced perfect stands quite rapidly; The Black Locust is among the fastest-growing North American tree species. It is said it out-competes weed competition during early development.
Upkeep Of The Black Locust Tree
The main priorities when establishing these young trees are to protect them from deer and weeds. They grow so fast that usually, after defending them for a couple of years, is enough. It is recommended when preparing the building site to exercise weed control either by herbicides or tillage. After planting, you will need some additional weed control.
Deer can be more of a problem in some areas than others. Where they are emotional problems, mesh sleeves or tubes might be needed. Once this species is established, it will not require active management. The only exception would be if straight trunks were needed to make fence posts, and then some locust borer control may be called for.
Two main insect culprits can inflict damage to the Black Locust -
(1). Locust Leaf Miner
(2). Black Locust Borer
During Springtime, the Locust Leaf Miner attacks will cause the leaves to turn brown mid-summer/early fall. That affects growth but not seriously.
The Locust Borer larvae will carve out tunnels in the tree trunk. That weakens it making it susceptible to wind breakage. A way to combat this is to plant on good quality sites and where there are also other species of hardwoods and shading trunks.
The only disease that affects the Black Locust tree in any unusual fashion is 'Heart Rot.'
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